It's time to discuss forthcoming books! I love to talk about new releases, but, to be honest, I have so many September books that I had to be selective. Even then, there are enough books for two days. So, I picked out the crime fiction and the books that already have some buzz. These are the books I'm guessing you'll want to place on hold at your local library or pre-order from your favorite bookstore. And, once in a while, I threw in a title on a whim. Let's talk books!
It's Christmastime. Flavia de Luce has been expelled from school in Canada, and she's sailing home to England in Alan Bradley's Thrice the Brinded Cat hath Mew'd. But, she finds her father in the hospital, her sisters and cousin in the way, and she grabs at the chance to mount her bicycle, Gladys, and run an errand for the vicar's wife. She finds a man hanging in his house, with only a cat in the house. Curiosity may not kill the cat, but twelve-year-old Flavia has curiosity to spare. (Release date is Sept. 20.)
Why do maid of honor duties include keeping the bride out of jail? Maggie Crozat asks herself that question in Ellen Byron's Body on the Bayou. Her co-worker, Vanessa, has turned into a Bridezilla with a long list of duties for Maggie. But, when Vanessa's mysterious cousin is found dead on the bayou behind the Crozet family plantation turned B&B, Maggie has multiple reasons to find a killer. (Release date is Sept. 13.)
David Casarett's Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness introduces "The Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency". Set in Thailand, Ladarat Patalung, a nurse ethicist thinks she recognizes the young woman who brought her dying husband to the hospital. She remembers her coming in before with a different husband, who also died. Ladarat Patalung is the first and only nurse detective in Thailand. (Release date is Sept. 13.)
Lauren Collins' memoir is When in French: Love in a Second Language. Collins discovers a language barrier is no match for love when she moves to London in her early thirties and falls for a Frenchman named Olivier. The relationship grows entirely in English until they marry and move to Francophone Geneva. Then, Collins decides to learn French so she'll be able to understand the children she hopes to have. Her funny memoir is about love and how we learn languages. (Release date is Sept. 13.)
Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, brings us The Wonder. A small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle, but may actually be murder. Eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell is said to be living without food. Tourists flock to the cabin, and a journalist is sent to cover the story. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. As Anna dies, Lib finds herself responsible for the child's care as well as for her very survival. (Release date is Sept. 20.)
Murder in G Major is Alexia Gordon's debut. Classical musician Gethsemane Brown is stranded without baggage or money in the Irish countryside, so she accepts the job of turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. She also gets to housesit a lovely cliffside cottage, but the ghost of the murdered owner haunts the place. He was falsely accused of killing his wife and himself, and he wants to Gethsemane to clear his name. But, her investigation provokes a killer, and she finds herself in danger. (Release date is Sept. 13.)
Retired teacher Gerry Porter and her granddaughter Maddie return in Margaret Grace's Matrimony in Miniature. When murder happens in the small town of Lincoln Point, CA, Detective Skip Gowen tries to discourage his aunt Gerry and Maddie from investigating. But, how can Gerry stay away when the crime scene is the venue for her marriage to Henry Baker? (Release date is Sept. 9.)
The White Mirror is the sequel to Elsa Hart's Jade Dragon Mountain. Chinese librarian Li Du, traveling with a trade caravan through the Tibetan mountains, discovers a dead monk marked with a pagan symbol on his chest. As Li Du starts putting together the circumstances of the monk's death, he's forced to face the reason he will not go home, and the reason he must. (Release date is Sept. 6.)
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This month, I curated all those treasures in my closet, selecting the crime novels and a few other titles that appealed to me. The other half is coming tomorrow. So, do any of today's books appeal to you?